Otsego Electric Cooperative CEO Tim Johnson briefs Otsego Now directors this morning on the Hartwick-based cooperative’s $3.9 million plan for a fiber-optic internet network to serve its members across the county with promised speeds of 1gbps with no data caps. The expanded service, which he anticipates being completed by the end of 2018, will cost members $59.95 per month for fast and reliable Internet service, a commodity that county residents have been requesting for many years. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Country Club Automotive proprietor Tom Armao and Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy were appointed this morning to fill two vacancies on Otsego Now, the county IDA.
The county Board of Representatives voted unanimously, with one abstention, at its monthly meeting.
By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Jody Zakrevsky, the former executive director of the Amsterdam IDA, has joined Otsego Now as the full-time CEO.
Zakrevsky, who joined the Amsterdam IDA in 2011, oversaw the development of The Edson Street Industrial Park, which includes tenants such as Losurdo Foods, Washburns Ice Cream/Refrigerated Lines, Mohawk Signs, Town & County Bridge and Rail, Bush Carpentry & Millwork and Northeast Riggers.
3rd Resignation Creates
Crisis For Otsego Now
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com
Sandy Mathes, who revolutionized economic development in Otsego County in the past three years, has given the 90-day notice required by his contract, and will be departing as CEO of the Otsego Now organization he created by summer’s end.
As if to punctuate the end of an era, Bob Hanft of Pierstown, who chaired what was then the county IDA when Mathes was brought aboard in January 2014, and veteran board member Jim Salisbury of Otego, announced they are leaving the Otsego Now board.
Hanft, the retired J.P. Morgan managing director, was typically diplomatic, thanking his colleagues for “a great seven years,” and adding, “We always said this thing is a marathon, and it is.”
But Salisbury, a retired banker, was blunt. “I’m done with this organization. ’Bye.”
New board member Cheryl Robinson, who chaired the board’s recently formed Reorganization Committee that proposed replacing Mathes with a full-time executive, moved to abolish the committee, which is “at the end of its charter,” she said.
ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, who as CEO of Otsego Now revolutionized economic development in Otsego County over the past three years, has resigned. He gave the 90-day notice required by his contract, the Otsego Now board learned this morning.
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ONEONTA – Elizabeth Horvath, Otsego Now chief operating officer, announced her resignation today. She has accepted another position, and said she would announce the details at a later date.
Her hiring was announced in January 2014 along with that of Sandy Mathes, Otsego Now CEO, at a press conference in IDA office in Oneonta’s old city hall.
Prior to the IDA, she was a senior director at CEB, a member-based advisory firm, managing research and client relationships in the Corporate Strategy practice, and holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. from the University of Sydney, Australia.